“I want to see your closet,” stated a client of mine as we were wrapping up her makeup application/lesson. The way she said it led me to believe this was not a question but a matter-of-fact statement of what would be happening next. You see, this client is a lawyer, and I may not know much about the practice of law, but I know enough about lawyers to know you do not waste a single moment of your life arguing with one. “Okay!” I quickly responded, rather surprised. No one has ever asked to see my closet. Perhaps others have thought of it and just didn’t have the guts to ask? Honestly, I was looking forward to showing it off, and I was keeping my fingers crossed I had not left it in a wrecked state.
When it comes to my closet, I try to practice what I preach. For starters, I keep it organized by category and then color: blouses, knits, trousers, jeans, dresses, etc. I also use clear shoe boxes on the top shelf for my off-season shoes. The shoes in the current rotation are either kept on a shoe shelf on the floor of my closet or in a hanging shoe organizer for quick and easy access. I own less than 40 pairs of shoes and boots. Taking both summer and winter into account, that’s about 20 pairs I must wear per season, very doable. I wear and love every pair I own. I hang my boots as you’ll see in the photo below. Most of my handbags are stored in a cloth dust cover, and many pieces of my jewelry are stored in a hanging pocket organizer so I can see what I have. If you don’t see it, you won’t use it. Scarves are on ringed hangers, and my pants and skirts are hung on tiered hangers to save space.
I like to think my wardrobe is well-purged, though I admit I have more clothes than a girl needs. What can I say? I love to shop! However, I am constantly casting a critical eye on my wardrobe, including shoes, bags and jewelry. I try to stick to the “one item in, one item out” rule. Let’s be honest, if you are shopping wisely and only purchasing items that are a step up from what you already have, the odds of wearing a piece you once dearly loved decrease as you bring in new items that outshine it.
Before I took my client to my closet, I stopped in the hallway so she could see my jackets and overcoats. I can’t explain why I love coats and jackets so much, especially since I live in Dallas where it is cold maybe 4 weeks out of the year. Alas, I just love a great coat. My client ooo’d over a wool overcoat of navy, black and metallic threads, a favorite of mine, as well. I keep many of my coats zipped in a fabric cover so it can breathe but dust doesn’t get on them.
The tour of my closet started badly as I had to apologize for the unmade bed, which honestly does not happen often. Thankfully, my client was forgiving and said her mother told her unmade beds were a sign of healthy priorities (or something like that). Then I opened my closet and started the tutorial of how it is organized, and I pointed out the tools I use to keep it looking orderly. I especially love the black flocked hangers. Absolutely nothing falls off them. What a difference it made to get every piece on the same hanger. My closet looked like a boutique!
I wasn’t sure what my client thought. I wondered what anyone would think of my wardrobe upon seeing it. Is my wardrobe too large, too boring, containing too many neutrals (I am notorious for telling others to wear color)? I think she liked it. She said it was not as many clothes as she thought and she thanked me for letting her view it (as if I had a choice).
I felt relieved. Since I assess wardrobes for a living, I now know on a small scale how it feels to have someone come into my closet. Tell me how you feel about your closet. Is it a happy place where you keep things you love or do you have some downers and bullies in there? Get to work! Now is the time to start thinking about switching your wardrobe from spring to fall. Be brutally honest about your spring/summer clothes before packing them away. If you didn’t wear an item this season, do you think you’ll wear it next year? Perhaps not…
If you need help, give me a call. I love clearing the clutter for my clients!